As a young woman she used the name Laura, and worked as model, but she was uncomfortable as a woman, and did a lot of drugs and alcohol. She hung out with butch lesbians because there was nowhere to go.
Transitioning in his twenties, he had top surgery and hormones, which he supplemented with bodybuilding. He was husband to Ilsa Strix (Karin Winslow), a top dominatrix in Los Angeles, until she left him in 2003 for Lana Wachowshi, one of the two directors of the Matrix films.
Elayne Angel - he took her name, and became Buck Angel. He then sought work as a trans-porn actor.
In 2005, Buck was the first trans man in an all-male porn film, and he was in another film where he had sex with trans woman Allanah Starr. For the latter he was nominated for Transsexual Performer of the Year and Most Outrageous Sex Scene. In January 2007, Buck won Transsexual Performer of the Year at the Adult Video News Awards.
In 2008 he and Allanah were sculpted life-size by London artist Marc Quinn.
Buck is the best-known and best-paid FTM porn star. He is billed as ‘a real man, with a real pussy’.
He frequently appears on talk shows and at sex conventions.
“I do believe that people need to recognize this as a real medical condition. I do also believe that a lot of people don't take it as seriously as it needs to be taken. It's kind of become a trendy thing. They're playing with their gender, and maybe they don't really want to be male. Which is fine, but as a real transsexual person, I don't consider myself a transsexual, I consider myself a man.”
- Mark Miller. “Matrix Revelations: The Wachowski Brothers FAQ”. Wired 11.11 Nov 2003. www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.11/matrix_pr.html.
- “Buck Angel”. Bizarre. Nov 2004. www.bizarremag.com/sleaze/interviews/1472/buck_angel.html?xc=1.
- Gerry Visco. “Man? Or Woman? You Decide: Porn Actor Buck Angel’s Body is a sexual confusion”. New York Press, March 29, 2006. www.nypress.com/article-13179-man-or-woman-you-decide.html
- Joanne Cachapero. “Porn Star XXXposure - Buck Angel”. Good Vibrations Magazine, May 23rd, 2007. http://magazine.goodvibes.com/2007/05/23/porn-star-xxxposure-buck-angel/
Dan Hunt (dir). Mr Angel, with Buck Angel, Elayne Angel, Tyra Banks, Dan Savage. US/Canada/Germany/Mexico 68 mins 2013.